Leduc has 17,000 residents (2006) and is located 33 kilometers (21 mi) south of Edmonton, on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (commonly just called "Highway2"). The Leduc name was first given the telegraph station established in Leduc in 1890. In 1899, Robert Telford first settled here buying land near a lake that now bears his name. That year, Leduc was incorporated, and became a town in 1906. The town grew quietly until Alberta's historical oil strike in 1947, at the Leduc No. 1 oil well. It became a city in 1983, by which time it had grown to 12,000 residents.
The city's economy is dominated by the oil and gas industry. Nisku is a major industrial park, with 400 businesses employing 6000 people, is popular because Leduc has no business taxes. Edmonton International Airport located right beside Leduc is also a major employer. Leduc has become a popular bedroom community, as a result of the airport being close, and good highway access to recreational pursuits.
Annual Events include the Leduc Black Gold Rodeo & Exhibition (early May), West Antique Society Exposition (end of July).
Leduc is served by the Black Gold Regional Division No.18. Leduc has 5 elementary, a middle school and a high school, as well as a Christian religious school.
Leduc has a central shopping district along 50 Ave (which between 47th and 50th Ave is called "Main Street") and there are a number of shopping centres and big box stores along 50th Street, notably Leduc Common.
The town has an ice arena, rec centre, with a pool & waterslide, several baseball diamonds, a skateboard park, tennis courts, and several sports fields & pitches. In winter, there are outdoor rinks at Alexandra Park Ponds, Coady Lake, Leduc Reservoir, and West Point Lake. Leduc has more than 35 km of cycling and foot paths that link the parks and all the city's neighborhoods. The William Lede Regional Park includes Telford Lake and is home to a large variety of wildlife and vegetation which can be viewed from the boardwalks. In winter, ice racing and cross country skiing are popular activities on the lake.
About 67% percent of homes in Leduc are single family detached homes, with another 17% being apartments under 5 storeys, and another 10% being semi-detached or townhouses.
In the nearby countryside are mostly single family homes on acreages.
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